anastasia.linnik [at] gmail.com Discourse structure and coherence in aphasia
Humans’ ability to produce discourse is indispensable for communication. The phenomenon that makes us perceive a group of utterances or sentences put together as connected and clear speech or text is called coherence. We investigate the way people organize their speech in order to make it understandable, and what it is that impedes these processes in aphasia – a language impairment due to stroke. Some people with aphasia learn to fully or partially overcome their language production difficulties over time, while for others language-based interactions remain unavailable, leading to significantly lower quality of life. Our project has implications for clinical practice, and is insightful in terms of еру cognitive processes involved in language production.